Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research
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March 2019
UCLA Division of GIM-HSR Monthly Newsletter
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March 14th: Open House at 1100 Glendon Offices

March 14 - Open House - 1100 Glendon AveYou Are Invited!

Division of GIM & HSR
Open House

1100 Glendon Avenue
9th Floor, Suite 900 
Conference Room 901

Thursday, March 14, 2019
1:30-3:30 pm

The GIM/HSR, Biostatistics, Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs, Administration, DOM Quality Team, and Iris Cantor Women’s Health Education and Research Center have recently moved to 1100 Glendon!  We would like to invite you to join us at our Open House to learn about the resources that we have to share with the Division and HSR faculty in the other departments.  Hope to see you there!

2019 DMPG Retreat Report
2019 DMPG Retreat - Dr. Maria Han

Over 100 Division members attended the 3rd Annual Department of Medicine Professional Group Retreat at the Luskin Center on UCLA Westwood Campus on Saturday, February 23rd.  Division member Jeff Borenstein, MD, MPH, (Porter Ranch) chaired a panel on quality initiatives for 2019.  Maria Han, MD, MS, (Westwood/Iris Cantor Women’s Health Center), Chief Quality Officer for the DOM and Neil Wenger, MD, MPH, (Westwood/IMS) joined Dr. Fola May from the Division of Digestive Diseases to discuss the health maintenance module, a new initiative to improve colon cancer screening rates, and the new Advance Care Planning module in Care Connect. 
Magdalena Ptaszny, MD, (Hospital Medicine), Chair of the DMPG Executive Board, introduced the luncheon speaker, Dr. Bob Wachter, Chair of Medicine at UCSF and one of the founders of the discipline of Hospital Medicine, who spoke about medicine in the digital age.  Eve Glazier, MD, MBA (Santa Monica) also spoke at the luncheon, describing the role and function of the Faculty Practice Group.  Dr. Glazier is current President of the UCLA Faculty Practice Group.   A reception honoring Dr. Bill Reid completed the day.  
Special thanks to all GIM/HSR division members who contributed to the success of the retreat, including Robert Oye, MD (Westwood/IMS), Arielle Sommer, MD (Westwood/Iris Cantor Women’s Health Center/IMS), and Janet Pregler, MD (Westwood/Iris Cantor Women’s Health Center/IMS) who co-chaired the retreat planning committee, and Mike Ong, MD, PhD (VA/Hospital Medicine), who chaired the GIM/HSR Division Meeting.  Please contact Dr. Janet Pregler, for ideas or suggestions for next year. 
Other Division Members who presented workshops at the retreat included:  Patrick Bui, MD (Hospital Medicine),  Adam Cavallero, MD (Thousand Oaks/DOM Physician Informaticist), Nate Cox, MD (Hospital Medicine),  Evelyn Curls, MD,  (Redondo Beach/DOM Physician Informaticist)  Eric Curcio, MD,  (Santa Monica/Medicine and Pediatrics), Alex Milin, MD (Hospital Medicine), Gary Feigenbaum, MD (Hospital Medicine), Matt Dinolfo, MD (Santa Monica/Vice Chair for Community Practices)  Ben Waterman, MD (Santa Monica/DOM Analytics), Rachel Brook MD (Westwood/Women’s Health Center/Hospital Medicine), Mina Ma, MD (Santa Monica/Westwood/Women’s Health Center), Anna Chirra, MD (Westwood/Iris Cantor Women’s Health Center/DOM Physician Informaticist), Sam Skootsky, MD (Westwood/IMS/CMO Faculty Practice Group), and Hawkin Woo, MD, (Westwood/DOM Physician Informaticist)

2019 DMPG Retreat
New GIM Honors

Keith Norris, MD, PhDDr. Keith Norris was invited to present the keynote address, "Preparing for Success and Unleashing your Personal Greatness," at the Annual Ernest Everett Just Symposium on Friday, February 22, 2019, on the campus of the Medical University of South Carolina in historic Charleston, SC.

The symposium was established to celebrate the distinguished life of Dr. Ernest Everett Just, an African American scientist and Charleston native, who published over 50 papers between 1912 and 1937. The symposium, held every February in conjunction with Black Heritage Month, is aimed at recruitment and exposing undergraduates to Dr. Just through discussions of his research and presentations by scientists working in biomedical science.

New Training Opportunity

UCLA Health trainingUCLA Health has developed a brief new module “Affirming LGBTQ People Through Effective Communication” to optimize understanding and effectively practice CICARE with LGBTQ patients, family members and colleagues.   The module is available at Use your Mednet username and password to log in.  Additional information on how to request and complete online training is available here

Upcoming GIM Seminars
GIM-HSR Friday Noon Seminar SeriesGIM Seminars

March 1 - Doug Bell, MD, PhD
"Matching Patients in CareConnect to External Sources"
March 8 - Adam Richards, MD, PhD 
March 15 - Susan Ettner, PhD
March 22 - Jose Escarce, MD, PhD
1100 Glendon Avenue, 7th floor, Suite 710, Conference Room 725.  Lunch served. Live streaming webinar and conference phone line at:
SGIM Annual Meeting Key Dates
SGIM 2019SGIM Annual Meeting
May 8-11, 2019
Washington, DC

Early discounted registration deadline March 12
Hotel reservation deadline April 19 

Save the date: The GIM-HSR group dinner at SGIM will be on Thursday, May 9.  Info forthcoming.
Featured New GIM Publication

Kimberly Narian, MD, PhDRacial/ethnic disparities in specialty behavioral health care treatment patterns and expenditures among commercially insured patients in managed behavioral health care plans

Kimberly Narain MD, PhD, MPHHaiyong Xu PhD; Francisca Azocar PhD and Susan L. Ettner PhD.  Health Serv Res. 2019 Feb 7.

"We found that in many cases, racial/ethnic minorities had lower specialty behavioral health expenditures/utilization, relative to whites, primarily driven by differences in service penetration. Among women, relative to whites, Asian non-English speakers, Asian English speakers, Hispanic non-English speakers, Hispanic English speakers, and blacks had less in total expenditures. Socioeconomic status explained racial/ethnic differences in treatment intensity but not service penetration..."

New GIM-HSR Publications

Inequalities in Young Adult Health Insurance Coverage Post-federal Health Reform. Wisk LE, Sharma N. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Jan;34(1):65-74.  Epub 2018 Nov 14. PMID: 30430404

eConsult Mental Health: Electronic Referral and Consultation to Integrate Primary Care and Mental Health. Leung LB, Benitez CT, Yee HF Jr. J Ambul Care Manage. 2019 Jan/Mar;42(1):47-50. PMID: 30499900

Cardiology electronic consultations: Efficient and safe but consultant satisfaction is equivocal. Bauer BS, Nguyen-Phan AL, Ong MK, Ziaeian B, Nguyen KL. J Telemed Telecare. 2019 Feb [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30803322

Melanoma-associated antigen-A and programmed death-ligand 1 expression are associated with advanced urothelial carcinoma. Faiena I, Astrow SH, Elashoff DA, Jain R, Bot A, Chamie K, Belldegrun AS, Pantuck AJ, Drakaki A. Cancer Immunol Immunother. 2019 Feb 21. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30790015

Depressive Symptoms Associate With Race and All-Cause Mortality in Patients With CKD. Tuot DS, Lin F, Norris K, Gassman J, Smogorzewski M, Ku E. Kidney Int Rep. 2018 Oct 9;4(2):222-230. eCollection 2019 Feb. PMID: 30775619

Squalamine blocks tumor-associated angiogenesis and growth of human breast cancer cells with or without HER-2/neu overexpression. Márquez-Garbán DC, Gorrín-Rivas M, Chen HW, Sterling C Jr, Elashoff D, Hamilton N, Pietras RJ. Cancer Lett. 2019 Feb 13;449:66-75. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30771431

Improving Communication About Resuscitation Preference for Patients Discharged from Hospital to Nursing Home: A Quality Improvement Project. Haynes CA, Dashiell-Earp CN, Wenger NS, Simon WM, Skootsky SA, Clarke R, Watts FA, Walling AM. J Palliat Med. 2019 Feb 14. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30762475

Predictors of Outcomes After Thoracic Surgery in Orthotopic Liver Transplant Recipients with Pleural Disease. Shirali AS, Grotts J, Elashoff D, Barjaktarevic I, Melamed KH, Van Hassel J, Cameron RB, Lee JM, Yanagawa J. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2019 Feb 4. pii: S1043-0679(19)30028-0. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30731193

Perspective: A Call for Precision in Faith-based Initiatives Promoting Health among African Americans. Bruce MA, Norris KC, Beech BM, Bowie JV, Thorpe RJ Jr. Ethn Dis. 2019 Jan 17;29(1):17-20. eCollection 2019 Winter.  PMID: 30713411

Menopause Management Knowledge in Postgraduate Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents: A Cross-Sectional Survey. Kling JM, MacLaughlin KL, Schnatz PF, Crandall CJ, Skinner LJ, Stuenkel CA, Kaunitz AM, Bitner DL, Mara K, Fohmader Hilsaca KS, Faubion SS. Mayo Clin Proc. 2019 Feb;94(2):242-253. PMID: 30711122

Researching the Appropriateness of Care in the Complementary and Integrative Health Professions: Part I. Coulter ID, Herman PM, Ryan GW, Hays RD, Hilton LG, Whitley MD. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2019 Feb 8. pii: S0161-4754(18)30300-2. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30745006

Potential Effect of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act on Use of Advanced Diagnostic Imaging in the Emergency Department: An Analysis of the National Hospital Ambulatory Care Survey. Fahimi J, Kanzaria HK, Mongan J, Kahn KL, Wang RC. Radiology. 2019 Jan 29:181650. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30694161

High-Value Care Culture Among the Future Physician Workforce in Internal Medicine. Gupta R, Steers N, Moriates C, Wali S, Braddock CH 3rd, Ong M. Acad Med. 2019 Jan 29. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30720525

New Article of General Interest
New England Journal of MedicineA Randomized Trial of E-Cigarettes versus Nicotine-Replacement Therapy

Hajek P, Phillips-Waller A, Przulj D, et al.  N Engl J Med. 2019 Feb 14;380(7):629-637

"E-cigarettes are commonly used in attempts to stop smoking, but evidence is limited regarding their effectiveness as compared with that of nicotine products approved as smoking-cessation treatments..."

GIM Photo Album
2019 Primary Care Retreat

Drs. Carole Warde (HPACT VA GLAHS), Allison Diamant, Alejandra Casillas, Kenrik Duru (GIM-HSR) and Christina Harris (Assoc. Prog. Dir, UCLA IM Residency & PACT WLA VA) at the 2019 Primary Care Retreat on February 22, 2019, in Santa Monica. 
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